Is it yours?????
Oh man, I wish. There is a used car lot that brings us a fair amount of cars to inspect/check out as they do not have their own shop.Yeah, did that follow you home?
The concept is cool... TLC 4x4 did something similar with an FJ40 many moons ago. But they did it MUCH better.
For $60K, I at least want the pads for the windshield... geez. That dash... Ugggg! Let's see, front sway bar? And how about that steering damper... on the tie rod.
Wow. quite the story, I feel for you. It must have indeed looked good in the photos! I'd venture to guess there are more "frankentrucks" out there than completely original. My own 40 has the correct VIN number on the frame rail and ID plate but the engine and axles are not original (upgraded of course!). I was fortunate a few months ago when looking for a nice diesel 80 series truck. Lots out there right now but I was looking for something specific. Saw a truck that interested me and called the seller. Talked for almost two hours, I had a pretty comprehensive checklist prepared for the phone call. Felt good about the answers I got and had a pretty good feeling about the seller. Ended up making a conditional deal via EBay and sent the guy a deposit. Full payment and return of deposit conditional upon personal inspection and test drive of the truck. Drove six hours to see the truck, the owner met me at the hotel I was staying at and I was able to test drive the truck and go over it closely. It ended up being better than I had expected-imagine that- and I handed over the cashiers check I had brought with me. The truck is in my garage and I am quite happy with my deal.Begin rant: Don't you hate it when....you're all excited to go check out a Cruiser for sale. Looks awesome in the pictures and seller says all the right things. You take time off work, spend hundreds on a plane ticket. Then you get there and wonder "where are the VIN tags?" Wait, what??? Frame number matches the title...good. "Oh there is one of the vin tags" - on the door frame (painted over of course), but wait it's different. Not only a different VIN, but one from a different model cruiser. F! I'm sure chances are I could have gotten a title in PA without the agent ever asking to see the VIN tag, but what if they did? What if I move to another state like OH that always checks the VIN tag? What's supposed to be a restored cream puff is really a frankentruck not nearly worth asking price. I guess an engine and drivetrain is "restored" if you take it out of one cruiser and drop it in another. Pay no attention to those oil leaks, homemade shackles, destroyed TREs, non-operable fan, broken heater control, and .... I'm thinking, is this guy trying to screw me? No, I can read his body language and have talked to him enough to realize, he's just clueless. It's starts, steers, and stops, and looks good doing it, so he is happy. So I'm standing there looking at what I thought was going to be my dream truck and trying to decide if I want to roll the dice on the tags. And I think: I'm tired of rusty parts. I'm tired of trying to figure out what the F the PO was trying to do or thinking. F it. I walk. Chalk it up to another cruiser adventure, just not successful.
So I lost some vacation and wasted time and $$$ on plane tickets, but in the end I kept my money. I'd rather have my money at this point. End rant.